If you think pharmacists simply stand behind a counter filling pill bottles all day, think again: your pharmacist is as vital a member of your healthcare team as your doctor.
Here’s a look at the essential role pharmacists play in our health and the additional services you may not even know they offer.
Pharmacists are responsible for:
- advising physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications
- monitoring the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy
- advising patients and answering questions about prescription drugs, including questions about possible side effects and interactions among different drugs
- providing information and making recommendations about over-the-counter drugs
Additionally, pharmacists are trained to:
- give advice about diet, exercise, or stress management
- help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure
- advise patients about durable medical equipment and home healthcare supplies
- complete third-party insurance forms and other paperwork
Pharmacists are also commonly being trained to administer vaccines like the flu shot as a convenience for drugstore customers.
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